Corpse Pose

The police found her dead on her yoga mat with her throat cut.

Why kill her on Yoga Day? Why kill her at all?

She was my 60-year-old neighbour next door. She was such a nice person. During lockdown she cooked extra food for the poor.

She was a school teacher and gave math tuitions to struggling students for free.

I was one of the kids in her math class all those years ago.

A few weeks later the police reveal that she had been grooming little boys for decades.

A few men have come out accusing her of sexually abusing them.

But I don’t believe a word of it. She was a kind lady who would never do such a thing.

That very night I have a bad dream where I am being sexually abused by her.

“Bend down and get on your knees.” She orders. “As if you’re doing yoga.”

I do as she says. And then I wake up. My heart is beating so fast.

Was that really a dream? Or was it a memory? Did she really do those things to me when I was young?

No it can’t be… If she did there is no way in hell I would let her get away with it.

I go to the bathroom to wash my face.

And that’s when I spot a razor with dried blood on it.

 

Writer: Rohan Parekh

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